We often use loopholes to justify breaking our good habits. A popular loophole is the One-Coin Loophole. An ancient teach story asks, “Can one coin make a man rich?” You’d say no. But if you add one coin, then another, then another … a man becomes rich. In the same way, with habits, any one “coin” is insignificant, true, but we only develop good habits one “coin” at a time.
- I haven’t worked on that project for such a long time, there’s no point in working on it this morning.
- One beer won’t make a difference.
- What difference does it make if I spend this afternoon at the library or at home on my couch?
- Why wear a helmet today? What are the chances that I’m in an accident today?